Excelerate's Management Consulting Team


Jana De Anda

Jana De Anda

Background

Vice President at Excelerate, LLC with 15 years of experience guiding Fortune 500 organizations across many industries through development of go-to-market strategies, identification of new product innovation and optimization of operations standards to drive clear financial benefit.

Superpowers

Transformational Change Leadership. Customer Experience Optimization. Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis. Strategic Planning.

For Fun

Cherishing time with my community of friends and family. Exploring different cultures and their histories. Watching my nieces and nephews learn and grow. Listening to live music.

Beliefs

Lead with both your mind and your heart. Be an active listener. Never stop learning. Live an intentional life.

 
 
Nilay Thakkar

Nilay Thakkar

Background

President and Co-Founder at Excelerate LLC with more than eight years in consulting as a Principal and VP/Market Lead with North Highland. Prior to that, eight plus years in Financial Services with HSBC and Wells Fargo. 

Superpowers

Process Optimization. Portfolio Prioritization. Capability Gap Assessments. Market Assessment. Agile Transformation.

For Fun

Spending time with family. Traveling. Running. Yoga. Schooling my kids in hoops!

Beliefs

Appreciate complex problems. Network a lot and help connect others.  Do good.


Eric Engel

Eric Engel

Background

Director, Delivery Solutions at Excelerate LLC with twenty years of consulting experience. Previously worked at Cap Gemini Consulting and Deloitte. 

Superpowers

Large, Complex, Systems Implementation. Program Policy and Procedure Development. Facilitation. Training and System Support. 

For Fun

Getting outside with my wife and two girls. Tooling around with house projects. Off-roading.

Beliefs

Seek to understand. Be present. Stay focused on the finish line.

 


Crystal Duncan

Crystal Duncan

Background

Director of Brand and People at Excelerate LLC with more than 17 years of communications, brand, wellness and public relations experience. Previously consulted with WebMD and Waggener Edstrom working with clients such as Microsoft, Starbucks, American Airlines and T-Mobile.

Superpowers

Storytelling. Branding. Problem Solving. Connecting.  

For Fun

Distance running and outdoor adventure seeking. Soaking up sun with my family at the beach. Interior design.

Beliefs

Embrace change. Act with purpose. Own your story. Strive to leave everything better then you found it. 

 


Vay Shire

Vay Shire

Background

Senior Manager at Excelerate LLC with over 7 years of experience in eCommerce and Vendor Management in Retail and Financial Services. Former Naval Officer. 

Superpowers

Analyzing a Holistic Picture. Communicating and Facilitating. Unifying and Motivating towards a common goal.

For Fun

Spending time with my wife and son.  Cinephile.  Listening to records.  Watching baseball.

Beliefs

Always be transparent.  Listen before you speak.  Think critically.  Never ask others to do something you aren’t willing to do yourself. 


Mary Randall

Mary Randall

Background

Senior Manager at Excelerate LLC with over 15 years of experience leading projects for Fortune 500 organizations across various industries focused on strategic consulting, market research and training. Previously worked as an Education Performance Consultant for Becton Dickinson (BD).

Superpowers

Strategy Development & Planning. Technology Implementation. Process Optimization. Organizational Development. Facilitation, Training & Leadership Coaching.

For Fun

Spending time outdoors with my husband and two young boys. Enjoying all San Diego has to offer. Cooking. Staying connected with friends and distant family. Watching super hero movies.

Beliefs

Be a lifelong learner. Stay curious just a little bit longer. You are wash and wear (don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty).


Ashley Allen

Ashley Allen

Background

Senior Consultant at Excelerate LLC with background in project management and analytics servicing. Worked with Fortune 500 clients across various industries including retail, consumer packaged goods, healthcare and insurance.

Superpowers

Advanced Analytics. Strategic Planning. Consumer Experience Management. Business Process Improvement. Market Intelligence.

For Fun

Spending time with my husband and dog. Cooking. Hot Yoga. Staying connected with friends and family around the globe.

Beliefs

Character matters - always. Perpetual curiosity. Life is too short to do things that make you marginally happy, invest your time wisely.